With the Silly Season all but wrapped up, it's time to start planning for Easter! Not only is it a religious celebration, it's also one of the biggest and most anticipated long weekends of the year. The Easter 2018 long weekend is no exception, and the perfect period in which you could fit in your long awaited cruising holiday! Whether you're a first timer or seasoned cruiser you'll need to book early as cabins will be selling fast. Our guide below gives you a good snapshot of the cruises available for Easter. But first, let's start with the dates - when is Easter?

Easter Dates 2019

DateDayHolidayStates
19 Apr Fri Good Friday National
20 Apr Sat Day following Good Friday National except TAS & WA
21 Apr Sun Easter Sunday ACT, NSW, QLD & VIC
22 Apr Mon Easter Monday National
23 Apr Tue Easter Tuesday * TAS

Our Top Picks

The Short / Cheap Cruise
3 Night Sampler Easter Cruise from Sydney

Hopefully no need to take any annual leave for this one, which is perfectly timed over the main Public Holidays. This Carnival Weekend Sampler Cruise sails from Sydney on Good Friday and is a great way to spend Easter at sea. Sailing on Carnival Spirit this is a great first time cruise or for seasoned cruisers looking to fulfil their cruising urge! This is our top pick due to its perfect timing and low price.

Carnival Spirit

Image: Carnival Spirit

For Sun Seekers & Small Ship Lovers
3 Nights Explorer Cruise from Fiji

Departing on Good Friday this is a great little getaway over the Easter period. Sailing on Blue Lagoon Cruise's Fiji Princess the itinerary takes you to the film location of Tom Hanks' movie 'Castaway' on a short cruise from Fiji. The cruise includes all meals (including a dinner under the stars on private beach), visits to caves, beach picnics, guided snorkelling safaris, glass bottom boat excursions, and swim with the sharks to mention a few.

blue lagoon cruises

Image: Blue Lagoon Cruises

What Other Cruises occur during the Easter Long Weekend?

Sydney

Fly/Cruise/Hotel Package - 2 Nights Hotel & 16 Nights Cruise to Tahiti and Hawaii

This amazing package from Royal Caribbean includes a 16 Night Cruise from Sydney to Tahiti and Hawaii along with a 2 night Hotel stay in Honolulu and flight back to Sydney. Sailing onboard the stunning Ovation of the Seas you'll have access to a vast array of entertainment and dining options with plenty to do both onboard and at port.

Fly Cruise Package - 2 Nights Hotel & 18 Nights Cruise to Tahiti and Hawaii (including New Zealand)

Another Fly/Cruise package including New Zealand may be of interest sailing on Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas. This package includes a 18 Night Cruise to Tahiti and Hawaii via New Zealand, 2 Nights Hotel stay in Honolulu and a flight back to Sydney. Cruise departs Sydney on Easter Thursday.

Melbourne

Unfortunately it looks like Melbourne has missed out on any cruises over Easter in 2019.

Brisbane

7 Night Barrier Reef Discovery Cruise from Brisbane

For our Brisbane Cruisers, you can take advantage of this perfectly timed cruise to the Barrier Reef departing on Easter Saturday and arriving back in Brisbane on the following Saturday. Sailing on P&O's Pacific Dawn, you'll visit Airlie Beach, Yorkeys Knob, Port Douglas, Willis Island (Scenic Cruising), before heading back to Brisbane.

Mediterranean

7 Night Mediterranean Cruise

Sailing on the brand new MSC Bellissima this cruise sails from Barcelona on Good Friday. Very well priced you could score a stateroom for a little over $1000. Sailing from Barcelona you'll visit Marseille (France), Genoa, Naples, Messina (Italy) and Valletta (Malta). What a great way to see a bit of Europe at a very decent price.